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2014 Libris Award -- Joint Winner, Non-Fiction Book of the Year
Globe and Mail Bestseller Toronto Star Bestseller
A unique retelling of WWII's most dramatic escape, told through first-hand recollections of the soldiers who experienced it.
On the night of March 24, 1944, eighty airmen crawled through a 400-foot-long tunnel, code-named Harry, and dashed from Stalag Luft III, the infamous WWII German POW camp. It became known as The Great Escape. The breakout had taken a year to plan, involved 2,000 POWs, and prompted a massive manhunt across occupied Europe. All but three escapees were recaptured, and on Hitler's orders, fifty were murdered.
Bestselling author Ted Barris revisits the story made famous by the 1963 movie. But he recounts this battle of wits and determination through the voices of those involved. Drawing on the experiences of forty years of experience as a journalist, broadcaster, and historian, Barris assembles original interviews, memoirs, letters, diaries, and personal photos to reconstruct the Great Escape's untold story.
About the Author
Ted Barris is an accomplished author, journalist and broadcaster. As well as hosting stints on CBC Radio and regular contributions to The Globe and Mail, the National Post, and various national magazines, he is a full-time professor of journalism at Centennial College in Toronto. Barris has authored 17 non-fiction books, including the national bestsellers Victory at Vimy and Juno.